“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
Pluto transits are serious business. Pluto is serious business. Life contains suffering, just as it contains joy. To downplay a Pluto event is folly. However, to fear it is counterproductive. Fear sets up a condition that exacerbates suffering. It can make one resistant to walking forward on their own steam in order to face and surmount an issue, such as a deer in the headlights that freezes in the road and is broadsided.
I’ve written about Leo Buscaglia, the teacher, writer and speaker of LOVE. On the face of it he seems abundantly joyful, cheerful and optimistic, and he is. He does not, however, discount death, pain, fear or suffering. What he has done in his thinking is accept these things as a natural part of life, walk through them, and grow beyond them. You don’t need to fear pain (that makes the pain worse) or revere pain (then you never move beyond it, which is also unnatural), what works best is to accept pain. You accept that there is no course where pain will not be part of the bigger picture.
Childbirth is a great example of Pluto suffering. It’s painful, horrifically so in most cases. However, you can spend your months of pregnancy building up fear of the event or you can prepare for it, either medically or using a childbirth training system like Bradley or Lamaze. No matter which route you go it is still a powerful event, one where life and death hang in the balance. The more you are able to accept these things and move through them, the more bearable the event becomes. Some people, “bless their hearts,” tell of lovely, stress-free childbirth experiences. They’re either delusional or the exceptions that prove the rule.
In any case, no matter how it goes, it ends. Usually you get a baby at the end. In any case, life goes on and you are forever changed. Things are inherently different than they were before.
Pluto suffering, Pluto transformation, whatever you call it, is part of life. If you participate in the process without dragging your heels it tends to go better on a person. If you’re having trouble doing that? I’d suggest reading Buscaglia; that’s always a good place to start. It’s also like Joseph Campbell said, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” But in addition, you’re going to enter that cave; you can either enter it as a hero, ready to face the inevitable, or you can be dragged backwards kicking and screaming. The first option sounds less traumatic to me.
How do you feel about suffering?